The Kansas Hospital Association (KHA)Leadership Institute graduated its eleventh class of 29 students on Aug. 17 at the Critical Issues Summit in Wichita, Kansas. Students were nominated by their hospital's CEO to be part of this select group. They represent the future leaders of Kansas hospitals.

The Kansas Hospital Association (KHA)Leadership Institute graduated its eleventh class of 29 students on Aug. 17 at the Critical Issues Summit in Wichita, Kansas. Students were nominated by their hospital's CEO to be part of this select group. They represent the future leaders of Kansas hospitals.

“We are committed to strengthening and promoting the leadership capacity of hospital employees in Kansas,” said Tom Bell, president and CEO of KHA.

The KHA Leadership Institute was established to help hospitals provide professional development opportunities that accentuate the personal skills and abilities needed to facilitate positive change and innovation in Kansas hospitals.

The 2012 Leadership Institute class was diverse, representing a wide geographic distribution of hospitals from St. Francis to Lawrence and Pittsburg to Meade. Students had been working in health care for as little as one year to more than 20 years.

Participants in the class were nominated because their CEO recognized their potential to be future leaders and wanted to help cultivate their development. Each student made a personal and professional commitment to
attend all six courses of the Leadership Institute.

The curriculum was structured to enhance each student's leadership abilities. The topics included exploring the difference between leadership and management, enhancing communication skills, team building, and conflict management.  The last two courses were offered at the KHA Critical Issues Summit where the students had the opportunity to learn about governance and the challenges facing health care in the future.

KHA Leadership Institute 2012 Class

Kiley Askins, RN-Morris County Hospital
Clayton Bledsoe, RN-Anderson County Hospital
Juanita Breeding-Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Inc.
Mary Sue Carder- Fredonia Regional Hospital
Adele Ducharme, RN-Cushing Memorial Hospital
Gerardo Guadiana-Meade District Hospital/Artesian Valley Health System
Eva Harrington-Norton County Hospital
Stacie Hawkins-Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Debbie Hockenbury-William Newton Hospital
Jeremy Hoover-Kiowa County Memorial Hospital
Teresa Jeanneret, RN-Wamego City Hospital
Rhonda Jennings-Decatur Health Systems, Inc.
Kara Koester-Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center
Lori A. Lackey-Sabetha Community Hospital
Sarah LaRosh-Osborne County Memorial Hospital
Todd Lehmann-Newton Medical Center
Diane Moor-Hospital District #1 of Rice County
Amber Noel Moore, RN-Saint Luke Hospital & Living Center
Kelly Otott, RN-Washington County Hospital
Judith Rockwood, RN-Cheyenne County Hospital
Craig Rohleder-Hays Medical Center, Inc.
Alan Romans-Ashland Health Center
Rachel Seitz, BSN, RN, ED-St. Francis Health Center
Thomas G. Shaw -Labette Health
Marcel Shoemaker, RN-Memorial Health System
Jill Shriver-Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg, Inc.
Shelly Stanton-Pawnee Valley Community Hospital
Amanda Vandervoort, RN-Pratt Regional Medical Center
Melissa Wells, RN, BSN-Geary Community Hospital

The Kansas Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. KHA membership includes 210 member facilities, of which 126 are full-service community hospitals. Founded in 1910, KHA maintains its vision of “an organization of hospitals working together to improve access, quality and the affordability of health care for all Kansans.”